Implementation Challenges for Community Telecommunication Networks in Canada

By Sylvie Albert and Rolland LeBrasseur.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A Canadian survey of community telecommunication networks was executed in 2003. Their implementation can be explained by six factors of which two are population sensitive. Policy implications are addressed.

Keywords: Community Networks, Implementation, Survey

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.046MB).

Dr. Sylvie Albert

Dr. Sylvie Albert is a recognized author and speaker on the smart community movement. She has owned and operated a management consulting firm specializing in telecommunication networks since 1997 and has developed more than a dozen projects across Canada including developing the business case for a fibre-optic network linking all Colleges, Universities, and Research Centres in Ontario. She was a member of the Ontario Telecommunication Access Partnership Board, and a member of the Board of Director of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and its telecommunication committee. In these roles, Dr. Albert reviewed dozens of proposals each month and recommended investments for developing innovative projects at the community or regional level. She was also asked to sit on the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board and provide advice on the strategic direction of the Province. Dr. Albert published a book entitled “Create a Smart Community”, utilized by federal and provincial officials to train Board members and staff. The book is based on her doctoral dissertation. She was also a 2003, 2004 and 2005 judge of the seven finalists for the annual Intelligent Community Award.

Dr. Rolland LeBrasseur

Dr. Rolland LeBrasseur is an eclectic researcher of organizational behaviour and small business development. He obtained his PhD from Warwick University in 1995 under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Pettigrew. a recognized authority on managing change research. Dr. LeBrasseur has completed studies of high technology companies, hospitals, and new small businesses. He has published in a variety of Canadian, US, and international journals, and is currently involved in the international project on entrepreneurship (GEM) involving over 30 countries. He has received three best paper awards based on a longitudinal study of survival of new businesses. He is Chair of the Small Business Development Research Group, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (JSBE). In the autumn of 2005, he has formalized his association with ICF and will act as judge, along with Dr. Albert, for the selection of the eighteen top applicants for the International Intelligent Community Award.

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